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 |  Sep 13 2010, 8:14 PM

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With the Fiat 500 on the horizon for a North American release, Fiat’s tuning house, Abarth, has released an additional pair of models to showcase what is possible with the hot hatch. The 500C Essesse and Punto Evo Essesse will both be on display at the Paris Auto Show on September 30th, 2010.

While the actual upgrades aren’t detailed in the press release, the 500C Essesse will put out 160-hp with 170 ft-lbs of torque. The modifications also include the Record Monza dual-model exhaust and Abarth’s Blue&Me in car electronics package. We’re digging the two-tone finish on the exterior of the 500C, sporting Campovolo grey and Pista grey, contrasted with white chromatic trim pieces.

The Punto Evo Essesse throws down 180-hp and 199 ft-lbs of torque, making it the more powerful of the two. It’s also finished in Campovolo grey but in a single tone. The Punto Evo Essesse’s exterior styling also looks much more aggressive than the 500C. This makes sense given that the Punto Evo has more power and is probably geared towards more hardcore enthusiasts.

AutoGuide will be on hand at the Paris Auto Show and will be sure to check out Abarth’s newest offerings.

GALLERY: Abarth 500C Essesse and Punto Evo Essesse

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 |  Jul 24 2010, 7:38 AM

Fiat frenzy is on the horizon and we’re excited for the Fiat 500 to finally come over to America. We imagine it won’t be too long before Abarth renditions are released, regardless, it’s time to shine the spotlight on Fiat/Abarth tuners worldwide.

G-Tech has taken the already hopped-up Abarth 500 and converted it to a 207-hp, 229 ft-lbs of torque street machine. The 1.4L has been beefed up with a Garrett turbo, larger injectors, new spark plugs and cat-back exhaust system. Considering the stock powerplant puts out a meager 135-hp and 152 ft-lbs of torque, we imagine G-Tech’s RS-S Kitted Abarth 500 is a blast to drive.

In addition to the engine mods, G-Tech outfitted their model with some green accents (not our cup of tea, red would definitely be more fitting), 17-inch wheels from OZ Racing and coilovers to adjust the suspension. The only pricing we caught whim of is $37,745 for the complete car as shown here, but we reckon you can order the parts individually.

Check out the video of G-Tech’s Abarth 500 after the break.

[Source: WorldCarFans]

GALLERY: G-Tech Abarth 500 With RS-S Kit

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